Employers Must Post Illness/Injury Summaries Beginning February 1, 2007

Employers must post beginning February 1, a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2006.  Employers are only required to post OSHA Form 300A (summary), not the OSHA 300 log.  The summary must be posted from February 1 to April 30, 2007.

This is an excellent time for employees and employee representatives to review their company 300 logs and determine where injuries and illnesses are occurring and determine a strategy to reduce and hopefully eliminate these safety and health hazards.

The summary must list the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2006 and were logged on the OSHA 300 form.  Information about the annual average number of employees and total hours worked during the calendar year is also required to assist in calculating incidence rates.  Companies with no recordable injuries or illnesses in 2006 must post the form with zeroes on the total line.  All summaries must be certified by a company executive.

The form is to be displayed in a common area wherever notices to employees are usually posted.  A copy of the summary must be made available to employees who move from worksite to worksite, such as construction employees and employees who do not report to any fixed establishment on a regular basis.

Employers with ten or fewer employees and employers in certain industry groups are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements.  A complete list of exempt industries in the retail, services, finance and real estate sectors is posted on the OSHA Web site.

Exempted employers may still be selected by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics to participate in an annual statistical survey.  All employers covered by OSHA must comply with safety and health standards and must report verbally within eight hours to the nearest OSHA office all accidents that result in one or more fatalities or in the hospitalization of three or more employees.

For more information about reporting and recordkeeping go to the OSHAInjury and Illness Recordkeeping page.